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Jan 19, 2011
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Welcome to FHM!
You know, this is my first sexy pictorial.

Thank you, we feel very honored.
Ever since I turned 18, tinatanong na ako kung puwede ba akong mag-men’s magazine. Eh, before talaga, and because I come from a conservative family, talagang hindi pumasok sa isip kong magagawa ko ito. I was so young, hindi ko pa kilala sarili ko, hindi pa ako ganun ka-confident. Kung sa beach nga, hindi ako masyadong rumarampa nang naka-bathing suit. It just never occurred to me.

So what finally made you change your mind?
Raymond [Gutierrez] asked me if I’d be willing to do a cover. Sabi ko, hindi ko kaya. Sabi niya, “Sure ka?” I said no. And then he called again, sabi niya, “I have a good team. Maganda yung concept, puwede mong pilian” and lahat ng kasali sa shoot, friends ko. Vince Uy is a very close friend, he’s the brother of Liz whom I’m very close to also. Solenn, is a very dear friend and she offered to do my makeup. The stylist Daryl Chang also works with Liz and Vince tapos Doc Marlon pa, so ang ganda ng team.

Wow, so we have Raymond to thank for all this.
Sabi niya, “Ano ka ba? Legal ka na rito at sa buong mundo!” Oo nga naman. And a real actress, hindi naman puwedeng habang buhay, iisa lang ang role na pino-portray. Nung lumipat ako sa TV5, first step yun. Since na-expose na ako sa change, I want to boost it up a bit more. I should give it my all.

Any regrets that you, maybe, want to compensate for with this shoot?
We all went to Macau for tita Anabelle’s birthday, Royal Era and her family, and decided we would all bungee jumping. I guess the regret is that after I made up my mind to conquer my fear, we didn’t get the chance, cause our schedule didn’t permit it. So when we got back and Raymond asked me again, I decided, the (FHM shot) would be my bungee jump.

And?
I’m so happy. Everybody had a fun time, tapos bongga pa! Not only did we ride one helicopter, we rode two! And it was our first time, most of us! Ang saya kasi we experienced it all together. And I realized, para sa ibang tao,FHM is just sexy. But no. I think it’s celebrating your womanhood and it’s celebrating a woman taking power of her femininity and not being ashamed of her body or of who she is. Kumbaga, you’re stripped of any inhibitions and you’re just being yourself. It’s a beautiful thing, actually. It’s so exciting. I even held a flare, first time din yun!

A lot of firsts for you.
First time ko ring pumunta ng Zambales! Napakaganda pala ng Pilipinas. I think it’s great na puwedeng ipakita ng FHM hindi lang magagandang Filipina, kundi napakaganda ng Pilipinas.

Great to hear you had fun.
Nag-enjoy ako! Exciting siya. Kanina nung nasa harap ako ng camera, I felt empowered. I never thought I’d appear in a men’s magazine.

Why is that? You were rather very confident and you exuded such sexiness.
It could be very unexpected to some, and even to myself, but I guess I do have it in me and I am sexy! I think every woman has this sexiness in them, they just have to turn it on.

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READ CARLA'S FULL INTERVIEW ON THE JANUARY 2010 ISSUE OF FHM!

PHOTOGRAPHY: DOC MARLON PECJO
INTERVIEW: LOU ALBANO
STYLING: DARYL CHANG
MAKEUP: SOLENN HEUSSAF
HAIR: VIANNEY GUESE
SPECIAL THANKS TO MS. ANNABELLE RAMA, RAYMOND GUTIERREZ, VINCE UY, LIZ UY, JUM LALIN, AIRGURUS LOGISTICS
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